As local residents, we get asked a lot about the best things to do when visiting the Big Island. Here are some of our favorites. If you need help planning, contact our Travel Consultants who can help you book incredible adventures and unforgettable experiences.
Located North along the Hamakua Coast, Waipio Valley Lookout also known as “The Valley of the Kings” is located at the end of the Hamakua Heritage Corridor drive. It’s an important site for Hawaiian history and culture while showcasing breathtaking views of the historic valley. Please note, the Waipio Lookout is open but the hike down to the valley is closed indefinitely. We kindly suggest Visitors respect the land and road closure to the beach access.
Easily one of the most breathtaking overlooks on the island, Pololu is the most northern of the incredible valleys on the Big Island. Only about a 15 minute walk down into the valley, Pololu is also one of the most accessible valleys on the island, and definitely worth the trip to the end of the road.
Round trip: 0.5 mile
Elevation Gain: 300′
Take Hwy. 270 to the northern Kohala Coast, past the towns of Hawi and Kapa’au. Park at the end of the highway at the Pololū Valley overlook. There is limited parking so we recommend getting there early, especially on Weekends. They have a parking guide that will direct you where to park. If you must park along the road, ensure that you respect the private homes and heed “No Parking” signs. If there is no room, wait or come back another day. Note: there is no cell service or restrooms. We recommend wearing closed toed shoes and bring lots of water and sunscreen as it can get very hot. The water and shore break here can be very dangerous and should only be attempted by highly experienced swimmers and surfers as there is no lifeguard on duty. There is no longer access to the mounds and rope swings behind the beach. Make sure anything you bring down with you comes back with you!